London: Kings of Leon gig postponed after O2 Arena fire

THOUSANDS of music lovers have been left disappointed after a sell-out Kings of Leon gig at the O2 Arena tonight was postponed following a fire which destroyed two of the band’s tour buses.

Assessments were being carried out as to whether the show at the arena in Greenwich, south-east London, will go ahead following the blaze in a loading area which gutted the buses and left six people needing treatment for smoke inhalation.

A spokesman for the group said tickets to see the band tonight at the arena, whose hit single Sex On Fire was number one for three weeks in 2008, had been sold out “months ago”.

He said: “Our primary concern was that nobody was hurt. We are just trying to work out what the best way to proceed is.”

A spokeswoman for The O2 said: “Unfortunately, due to this morning’s fire on board one of the tour buses at The O2, tonight’s Kings of Leon concert will now be postponed.

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“Whilst there is no damage to The O2 there is now insufficient time to rig the arena for tonight’s performance. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will announce a new date shortly.”

Around 60 firefighters battled the blaze after being called to the scene at 8.18am this morning. The fire is under control, but firefighters remain at the scene.

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The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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